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New Orleans
Creolization and All That Jazz

ISBN 9783706552097
Published February 28, 2013 by Studien Verlag, Austria
180 Pages

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Book Description

Ralph Ellison once wrote that the rules of performance in American culture are jazz-shaped. This book explores the Afro-Creole core culture of New Orleans as the mainspring of this energizing music.

Much of the cultural capital of the city is buried in a complex, tripartite racial history, which threatens the binary logic of North American racism with all sorts of sensual transgressions. Its jazz-derived culture combines elements of African, French, Spanish, and Anglo-American cultural practices which, in their fusion, have created a unique propulsive energy: second line parades, jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indians, Cajun and Creole foodways, minstrelsy, dance, ragtime, and jazz.

Photographs by Michael P. Smith, Historic New Orleans Collection are included in this work.



Berndt Ostendorf is professor emeritus for North American history at the Amerika Institut, Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen. He has written Black Literature in White America and Transnational America: The Facing of Borders in the Western Hemisphere, among other books.